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Boylston, Massachusetts, USA - Grammar School

Boylston, Worcester, MA

Boylston was named after Ward Nicholas Boylston (1747–1828), a benefactor of the town. The fund he set up in 1797 finally accumulated $1,450, which was used to build the town hall and school building. wikipedia

Boylston includes: Mornigdale, Straw Hollow, and East Section. mass_lookup.htm

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Grammar School
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Boylston Center Store and Post Office

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1786 - Boylston is incorporated
Prior to its incorporation, Boylston was known as the North Parish of Shrewsbury. It was named after Ward Nicholas Boylston (1747–1828).
1839 - Boylston
Boylston, Massachusetts
Worcester county. Incorporated, 1786. Population, 1837, 821. It lies 40 miles W. from Boston and 8 N. by E. from Worcester. Boylston is watered by Nashua river, and has iron ore and a ledge of crystalized quartz. Here are some manufactures of combs, palm-leaf hats, boots and shoes;—several ponds and fine fish.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - BOYLSTON. [Pop. 797. Inc. 1786.]
Boylston was once a part of Shrewsbury, and was named after Zabdiel, Nicholas, and Ward Nicholas Boylston, three citizens of Brookline, distinguished for learning or for the liberal encouragement of it.

The south branch of the Nashua runs through Boylston, and receives several small streams.

The land is hilly but fertile, and agriculture is the chief employment of the inhabitants.

Distance from Worcester, 8 miles ; from Boston, 45.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Boylston
This town was included in the original grant of the township of Shrewsbury. It was made a parish by the legislature in 1742, and was called the north parish of Shrewshury until 1786, when it was incorporated and made a distinct town by the name of Boylston, in honor of an eminent family of that name in Boston, two of whom in succession were skilful physicians, and another founded a professorship of rhetoric and oratory in Harvard University. The first church was organized in 1743, and. Rev. Ebenezer Morse was ordained the first pastor. He was also an eminent and. skilful physician. He continued with the people till 1775, when he was dismissed in consequence of his political sentiments regarding the controversy between England and America. The second minister was Rev. Eleazer Fairbanks, ordained in 1777, and continued their pastor till 1793, when, at his request, he was dismissed. The following ministers have been his successors: Hezekiah Hooper, Ward Cotton, Samuel Russell, William H. ... Read MORE...

Boylston Massachusetts, 1890
Boylston is an agricultural town in the eastern part of Worcester County, about forty miles west of Boston, on the Central Massachusetts Railroad. There are stations at Boylston (Sawyer's Mills) and West Boylston The post-offices are the first and Boylston Centre; which, with Straw Hollow, are also the villages. It is bounded on the north by Sterling and Clinton, east by Berlin and Northborough, south by Shrewsbury, and west by West Boylston. The land is elevated and broken, yet of good quality.

Merrimack schist and calcareous gneiss constitute the geological formation. There is much clay suitable for bricks. Iron ore, good building stone and crystallized quartz, are found. The location of the quartz is Diamond Hill, near the centre. In the southern part of the town is Sewell's Pond, with a feeder coming from the East Woods, noted for rattlesnakes. In the eastern part of the town is Rocky Pond, of eighty-six acres, with bottom full of bowlders, and a pretty island near the centre.... Read MORE...

1895 - Boylston
Boylston, boilz'ton, a post-hamlet of Worcester co., Mass., in Boylston township, 12 miles N. by E. of Worcester. It has a church, a town hall, and a cotton-factory. The town ship has a manufactory of vinegar. Pop. of township, 895.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
2023 - Here's a list of some of the best places to go and things to do in and around Boylston:
Tower Hill Botanic Garden:

Tower Hill Botanic Garden is a horticultural haven with 171 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. It's a great place for nature lovers, offering themed gardens, walking trails, and stunning views. From the Systematic Garden to the Lawn Garden, there's always something in bloom.

Wachusett Reservoir:

If you enjoy the outdoors, the Wachusett Reservoir is a must-visit. It's a scenic spot for hiking, fishing, and birdwatching. The trails around the reservoir provide a peaceful escape, and the reservoir itself is a picturesque backdrop for a leisurely day.

Cyprian Keyes Golf Club:

Golf enthusiasts should check out the Cyprian Keyes Golf Club. It offers a challenging 18-hole course surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Even if you're not into golf, the club has a restaurant with a cozy ambiance and great views of the course.

Boylston Historical Society and Museum:

Delve into Boylston's history by visiting the local historical society and... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Boylston, Massachusetts, USA

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female ancestorChristian RIPLEY (27 February 1689, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro) - 2 October 1780, Boylston, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorOliver DAKIN (30 March 1727, Sudbury, Massachusetts, USA - 21 June 1805, Boylston, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorClaramond BIGALOW (1788, Boylston, Massachusetts, USA - 15 October 1873, Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorLevi BUSH (1797, Boylston, Massachusetts, USA - 13 August 1877, Westfield, Massachusetts, USA (Wyben))
male ancestorJohn HASTINGS (1797, Boylston, Massachusetts, USA - 16 April 1867, Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorSelem H. LARKIN (1824, Boylston, Massachusetts, USA - 6 December 1852, Sudbury, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorElizabeth B. HOUGHTON (1839, Boylston, Massachusetts, USA - 23 December 1874, Ashland, Massachusetts, USA (Unionville))
female ancestorMary Hermina RIVERS (1854, , Canada - 9 August 1894, Boylston, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorHarriet Rebecca "Hattie" HOLBROOK (14 March 1854, Boylston, Massachusetts, USA - , )

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